Bottas clinches maiden pole in Hungary
30 July 2011 – Finland’s Valtteri Bottas has seized a career-first GP3 pole position for this afternoon’s first race of the weekend in Hungary. The Finn, who managed a lap time of 1:36.763 this morning, will share the front row with British Lotus ART team-mate James Calado, with championship leader Alexander Sims way down in 11th place.
With Bottas grabbing pole with three tenths of a second to spare, Mitch Evans’ third place for MW Arden presents the Kiwi with an ideal opportunity to eat into Sims’ championship advantage, with the Status man having submitted a strong effort after struggling for pace all weekend so far.
With Tech 1’s Aaro Vainio making it two Finns in the top four, Michael Christensen of Denmark completes the top five from Rio Haryanto, Nico Müller, Tom Dillmann, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs – who headed the timesheets early on – and Pedro Nunes.
Other British representatives Lewis Williamson, Luciano Bacheta, Dean Smith, Nick Yelloly and Callum MacLeod qualify in respective 15th, 20th, 21st, 25th and 28th positions.
Race 1 begins at 5:20pm local time (BST +1)